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GP Week : Issue 32
Force India set for Merced FORCE India is contemplating switching engine supplier from Ferrari to the Italian marque’s largest Formula 1 rival Mercedes. The news comes as Force India tries to finalise its 2009 plans, and with Ferrari known to be lagging behind in its development of KERS, with the team apparently still undecided as to whether or not it will even run the systems in 2009, Force India has admitted it is seeking a firmer commitment from its engine supplier. “Ferrari don’t want us to develop our own [KERS] system, but are being a bit non-committal about whether they are even going to start the season with KERS,” Force India’s Ian Phillips told BBC Radio Five Live in Japan. “Force India has to build a new car for the new regulations, and can’t afford to build a non-KERS car and then have whoever turn around and say that KERS will be available from July or whatever.” McLaren group CEO Ron Dennis confirmed to the media at Fuji Speedway that McLaren and Mercedes were, indeed, talking to the team about not only an engine supply deal, but also a technical collaboration which could potentially result in Force India using a ‘customer’ McLaren Mercedes car. “First of all it’s somewhat premature to be talking about it because, as with many things within our organisation, we’re always looking at new opportunities that serve either to support our own strategies or assist other people in theirs,” he said. “One of the unique things that exists in the partnership that we have together with 10 Mercedes is that we are a sort of quasi works organisation and through that both of us have a very clear vision on the need to support the independent teams. Of course the easiest thing in the world is to write a cheque but I’ve never seen money just improve the performance of any team. It requires more than that and when these opportunities come along, and bearing in mind the technical and regulatory considerations we need to have in mind, such a project is very much in mind. “Yes there is a possibility that some form of collaboration could unfold over the next few days, but it’s too premature to give much detail about that, but our objective is to try and help Formula 1 at every opportunity.” Customer cars are permitted under 2009 regulations, and it is believed that the FIA may be considering dropping plans to outlaw their use in 2010 as Formula 1 searches for ways to appease the global economic crisis. But Dennis admitted that, following the Prodrive